I have decided that there is no way to make my mind slow down, unless I commit the thoughts to paper or canvas. There is a time of rest in between finished works, that is brief but so welcomed. I have not attained that feeling lately; as I have four or five paintings in the studio, each with some room for completion, but at a point where it is to be found only through deep thought and careful marks. These are trying times for me.
My work is somewhat like a family in its formation; they are at times at odds with each other, but still connected by the blood of medium and the hand that made them The figures in my work are depictions of mental thoughts; that lurk and ramble inside my head, until they eventually find their way down the brush and into my work. I see them as familiars, something intrinsically a part of both my life and my work.
Flight fascinates me, and having a son as a pilot, I feel somewhat compelled to paint about flight on occasion. There are delicate balances in flying that must be kept in order to safely fly. I think that is apropos for me right now as I feel out of balance in life with the state of unfinished and unrest in my studio. Here is a work in progress that is circling with the landing gear down but has not quite made it on to the runway.
This is the beginning of the piece….a figure with the gesture of curiosity.
The addition and subtraction of layers …the covering and uncovering of artifacts leads to the texture that I desire, not only physically but mentally. There is something that happens in between the layers that seems to breathe new life into the painting. I am not sure if it comes from the time spent on the piece or the effort expended. I feel this painting is close but not quite there at this point, but I thought I would share the progression of the work….I also added a part of my son’s flight charts that gives the formula for weights and balances for pilots, it just felt right to include it at this point. There is always a chance it might disappear under the layers in the future.
As always thank you for reading and I hope you find a sliver of inspiration in my work and words.